I graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 and since then have worked as a historical interpreter at various museums--most recently the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ. I spend my time researching, constructing, and wearing historical dress while educating the public about history and material culture. Outside of work, I continue to share my enthusiasm for history by volunteering at historic sites across the East Coast. I believe that historical costumes and textiles have a unique relatability that encourages people to draw connections between their lives and the past. As a public historian, I have used this aspect to have more engaging and productive conversations. Moving forward, I intend to apply this concept to my personal research as I work towards applying to material culture graduate programs for the fall of 2020.
What am I doing now?
"While historians are not seers or oracles, it is our special calling to temper the newness of now with frames of reference from the past."
"Being able to construct for yourself something wearable and durable in an age where traditional skills are almost lost and manufacturing, even in its large scale, is almost invisible, is clearly more appealing than ever. In the twenty-first century, the need for radical approaches is arguably more pressing than ever ”
-Annebella Pollen "Radical Shoemaking and Dress Reform from Fabian to Feminists"